In light of the Safer Gambling Weeks’ launch, Bill Stratton, the general manager of Scotbet, has written a piece detailing his support for the campaign.
In a Betting and Gaming Council post, Stratton has expressed that this year’s Safer Gambling Week comes at an unusual time for the gambling sector as the pandemic has forced hundreds of betting shops, that would otherwise support and participate in the campaign, have been forced to close down to help control the spread of the virus.
Despite the current situation, Straton is happy to report that all thirty of Scotbet’s betting shops are operating normally and that they are happily participating in the Safer Gambling Week campaign by displaying posters, advertising it in all of Scotbet’s branches.
The bookie has also made it a point to make all of its staff aware of the campaign’s significance and has readied all staff to explain what’s going on if asked by customers. In light of this, Stratton has pointed out that this week is just like any other as Scotbet’s staff are already experts on problem gambling signs and know when and how to intervene.
Stratton also went on to say that he is an avid support of Safer Gambling week because it shows the gambling industry at its best. He explained this by saying that Scotbet doesn’t want to see problem gambling in their shops and that is why its staff are all trained to look out for the tell-tale signs that someone is in difficulty, and if someone is, the staff know what to say and how to direct that individual to the different kinds of support available.
Stratton also highlighted the importance of the campaign by saying that if there was no such thing as Safer Gambling Week, there is a danger that problems would stay in the background and would not be addressed, which would be the worst course of action. He also invited the betting shop chain’s clients to look at the posters around its shops, think about the message, and seek help if they think they need it. He further went only to say that the campaign is a talking point and if it makes some of its customers stop and discuss the issue, then that has to be a good thing.
Stratton finalised his message by emphasising that Scotbet’s betting shops across the UK prioritise safer gambling every day but by raising the profile of the issue, Safer Gambling Week is a brilliant initiative and one that the whole company is proud to support.